mr. speaker, the violence against women act has been successful. we have seen its benefits. it has saved lives and helped millions of women find safety, security and self-sufficienty. while there are deeply held differences about some policies in the bill we consider today, now is the time to reauthorize the violence against women bill. if a daughter, a sister, a perfect stranger, was raped, battered or needed helped, no one would ask or care what her ethnicity was, national origin, sexual ownertation, before coming to her aid, nor should the violence against women act. no community, no person, should be neglected when it comes to domestic violence. as a father of a young daughter, grace katherine, i don't know or care what her ownertation is.